PSA chief Tavares to keynote Brussels congress

Tavares: Must lead turnaround
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What: Automotive News Europe Congress
When: June 3-4
Where: Steigenberger Grandhotel, Brussels
Cost: 1,450 euros (about $2,000)
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Carlos Tavares, the ex-No. 2 executive at Renault who recently took over as CEO of France's other automaker, PSA Peugeot Citroen, will be the keynote speaker at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 4 in Brussels.

Tavares, 55, has been handed responsibility for a company that lost about $10 billion in the past five years.

He says his challenges include reducing PSA's car lineups, strengthening the company's presence in China and adjusting its European production footprint.

Before getting the top job at PSA, Tavares had been Renault's COO since 2011, and previously held several key jobs at Nissan, Renault's alliance partner.

He began his career at Renault in 1981 and spent 23 years in senior engineering and program management assignments. Tavares moved to Nissan in 2004 and was soon named head of product strategy and product planning. He later became president of Nissan North America.

The congress will be held on June 3-4 at the Steigenberger Grandhotel in Brussels.